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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 213-218

Basic Science for the Clinical Gastroenterologist: A Review of the Recent Literature on the Small Bowel – Part I

ABR Thomson

Nutrition and Metabolism Research Group, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Received 27 May 1993; Accepted 25 August 1993

Copyright © 1994 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


For small bowel science, as for all parts of medicine, there has been a recent explosion of information. This is the first of a two-part series in which the scientific basis of clinical gastroenterology practice and its future are considered. Advances in an understanding of the mechanisms of intestinal transport will be considered, followed by a perspective of intestinal adaptation in health and disease. The author also discusses clinically important areas of motility and bloodflow.